Spiegel Online reports here: Germany long aimed to be a front runner in the solar energy industry, but waning subsidies and rising competition from China have clouded its outlook. To add insult to injury, the Chinese boom has been generously supported by German financial aid.
CNET News.com reports here: With a new type of battery cathode, Envia says its lithium ion batteries can extend the range of electric vehicles and lower the costs. Investor GM is already testing them.
An artist and inventor creates a bicycle from recycled plastic in Brazil’s biggest city. CNN’s Shasta Darlington reports.
AFP reports here at Yahoo News: Scientists warn that by the end of this century, the sea level along North America’s west coast will rise by about a meter due to global warming and melting arctic glaciers.
BBC News reports here: China, the US and other countries opposed to a new EU carbon tax on airlines meet in Moscow to consider possible retaliation.
BBC News reports here: The government should step up support for wave and tidal power in order to preserve the UK’s global leadership, says an MPs’ committee.
Swiss Develop Satellite to Dispose of Space Junk, Spiegel Online reports here: Scientists warn that the amount of space debris orbiting the planet has reached a dangerously high level. But a new miniature satellite has been designed to clean up this cosmic clutter — by the paragons of tidiness themselves, the Swiss.
Spiegel Online reports here: Emissions trading, the European Union hoped, would limit the release of harmful greenhouse gases. But it isn’t working. The price for emissions certificates has plunged, a development that is actually making coal more attractive than renewable energy.
Spiegel Online reports here: German energy giant E.on warned on Tuesday that the country’s green energy revolution is at risk from delays in connecting offshore wind farms to the grid. The company said it will put two large projects on hold unless the grid operators speed up the construction of power lines.
There’s no taking out the trash at restaurants in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. CNN’s Reynolds Wolf finds.